Educational Services Facility

Training Rooms 3 & 4
1:00 p.m.

September 22, 2020 Board Work Session (Board Check-In)

The School Board of Brevard County met for a Board Check-In on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.  Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Thursday, September 22, 2020 edition of The Eagle.  An affidavit of publication is available in the Board Office. 

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Chairman Belford called the meeting to order at: 1:04 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Members Present:  Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
Order of Business
4. Order of Business
2020-0922 Board Check in (002).pdf

Legislative Platform

  • Board members discussed items they would like to see be part of the FSBA (Florida School Boards Association) legislative platform.  Dr. Mullins will be bringing recommendations from staff as well.  Chairman Belford asked that Dr. Mullins have Russ Bruhn, Chief Strategic Communications Officer, have a document to submit to FSBA by October 6, 2020. 
  • Mr. Susin said he continues to  advocate for PreK teachers to be included as classroom teachers in all areas such as retirement.  He suggested asking the legislators to create a work group to discuss consistency between PreK and K-12 teachers. Dr. Mullins is to ask our lobbyists, Capital City, for the right language. There was some discussion of which legislators to ask to champion the legislation. 
  • Ms. Descovich and Chairman Belford said they want to have something included in the legislative platform regarding funding for guardian training.  The veto by Governor DeSantis will wipe out money leftover from last year in The Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program.  The mandate to have armed personnel in our schools remains. After this year, there will not be funding for training and equipment. Chief Deputy Doug Waller of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office is is sending a letter on behalf of the Sheriff Ivey. 
  • Ms. Campbell stated they should ask to redefine "classroom teachers" to include all instructional personnel.
  • Ms. McDougall asked about funds for social workers and mental health.  There was some discussion of finding out if some funds might be redirected from organizations to assist.

Board Budget Review

  • Board members looked at the Board budget and what had been spent so far. Board members agreed to flexibility of spending his or her budget in specific ways.  

Professional Development for the Board

  • Chairman Belford will speak to Tina Pinkerson of FSBA to see her availability and possible content for a virtual presentation after the new board member begins. 


Hot Button Topics

  • Under this topic Chairman Belford asked if there were issues members were hearing in the community and schools of which everyone should be aware.
    • Ms. Campbell said that she continues  to hear about inconsistencies between schools and the handling of COVID.
    • Mr. Susin is concerned that we have teachers wearing Black Lives Matter shirts with a foot saying "I cannot breathe." He wanted to know if this is prohibited by policy. He felt that the perception is that it is one sided and may be seen as advocating for a particular group and that is not what teachers should be doing.  Dr. Mullins said that he will follow up on the matter and get back with the Board.
    • Ms. Belford commented that she is being contacted by band parents who feel they are having more restrictions put upon them than the football players and that different band directors are handling things differently. Mr. Susin advocated to allow the bands to compete at the end of the year as they have in the past.
    • Ms. Belford mentioned that continued communication needs to be provided regarding lockdown drills. She cited an event by which a child was outside the classroom when the drill began and could not enter the classroom.  During a case like this, students should know the appropriate action to take and where to go.

Recognition Pins

  • Board members will utilize what they have available to them.
    • A new pin will be designed (Impact Elevated)

Birthday Cards

  • The distribution of birthday cards had been suspended when schools were not in session. 
    • Board members agreed that birthday recognitions should once again be sent to employees beginning in January.  

Workshop for Strategic Planning

  • Dr. Mullins is in the process of setting up the schedule for strategic planning.






Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks/Direction
6. Adjournment

Chairman Belford adjourned the meeting at: 2:50 p.m.

NOTE:  Public attendance will be on a first come, first served basis allowing for up to 12  attendees in addition to  Board members.  Please be reminded that face coverings are required for all attendees.

NOTE:  Sensory and mobility impaired persons seeking assistance for participation in any meeting, conference, or seminar should contact Tina Snyder, Manager, Professional Standards, five days prior to the meeting date.  Ms. Snyder may be reached at 321-631-1000, ext. 11226 (voice) or snyder.tina@brevardschools.org (email).

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